After Bachmann’s Exit, Dem Challenger Declares ‘Mission Accomplished,’ Drops Out

Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-MN) decision to not seek another term has apparently sapped her would-be Democratic challenger’s own motivation to run in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District.

Hotel magnate Jim Graves — who fell to Bachmann in a close contest last year and had intended to challenge the tea party matriarch again in 2014 – said Thursday that he is indefinitely suspending his fledgling campaign. Why? Bachmann’s exit from the race amounts to a victory, Graves explained.

“Basically, after all that’s gone on, and with Michele Bachmann now stepping down, I’ve been talking to my friends and family and frankly, the feeling is, ‘Mission Accomplished,’” Graves told the local political blog MinnPost. “She wasn’t representing the people of the 6th District appropriately, and now she won’t be representing them. There’s no way anyone could run and win who would be worse than Michele Bachmann. So we accomplished that task.”



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